When will the Memphis Grizzlies say enough is enough with O.J Mayo? NBA players love to engage in card games for money to pass the time on the many flights they take. A few weeks ago a friendly “Boo Ray” card game on a team charter flight went awry when O.J Mayo and teammate Tony Allen got into a physical altercation over a gambling debt. From all accounts it seems that Tony Allen served Mayo a can of whoop-ass, because Mayo missed the next game with “bronchitis”.
The hits keep coming for Mayo and the Grizzlies. Mayo has been suspended for 10 games for violating the NBA’s drug policy. According to the reports, Mayo was suspended after testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is a steroid hormone that is naturally produced by the body in the adrenal glands.
Amidst trade rumors surrounding Mayo, this latest incident should add more pressure to the Grizzlies to move the troubled former USC stand-out. Mayo is averaging career scoring lows this season at just 12.5 ppg, a big drop down from 17.5 ppg a year ago. In fact, Mayo’s numbers are down in every statistical category this year. Of course, you can attribute his lack of scoring to stellar play of both Randolph and Gay. But it’s clear that Mayo just isn’t fitting in.
So will the Grizzlies move Mayo now while they can get some value for him? Will they risk their season for future success? It may be worth putting an offering up on this one.